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The Stainless Steel Rat Joins The Circus: The Stainless Steel Rat Book 10 (GOLLANCZ S.F.) [Paperback]

Harry Harrison
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11 Oct 2001 GOLLANCZ S.F.
When you are the richest man in the Universe and someone is robbing your banks you can afford the best the in the business to catch the criminals responsible; even if he¿s charging 4 million a day plus expenses. And so Slippery Jim DiGriz finds himself on a bizarre undercover mission in a circus.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (11 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857987241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857987249
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 593,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Slippery Jim diGriz is the galaxy's most loveable con-man, science fiction's answer to Raffles and The Saint. He made his debut in Harry Harrison's much-reprinted The Stainless Steel Rat (1961). This is the Rat's tenth novel-length adventure, and he's on good form. The story line zooms along at headlong speed, powered by sheer energy and exuberance, with our hero plunged into high-tech trouble by the second page despite his usual range of unlikely weaponry--"I blew it away with a shot from my crotch cannon". Sounds uncomfortable.

Soon Jim is commissioned by the richest man in the galaxy to investigate a series of bank heists that always happen when a circus is in town. Tutored by retired magician The Great Grissini, he fudges up a clever illusionist act, drafts his lovely though slightly murderous wife Angelina as the obligatory gorgeous assistant, and infiltrates the Big Top. The resulting hornets' nest of disguises, scams, traps, kidnapping and blackmail is almost too much even for Slippery Jim and his resourceful family. But stage-magic techniques prove useful: misdirection and gimmickry allow the pulling-off of the perfect Rat crime under the unwavering eye of an observation satellite....

After many hair-raising adventures and (of course) ultimate triumph, Jim shockingly announces that it's time to go straight and write his memoirs: "The first volume shall be titled--The Stainless Steel Rat. With plenty more volumes to come." But Harrison adds a sly question mark: "THE END?" Reliable, knockabout SF fun. --David Langford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The new adventure from SF¿s longest standing comic hero

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4.0 out of 5 stars The best in a decade 7 Feb 2002
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After the painful misfire that was "...goes to Hell", and the utterly unfunny "...sings the Blues", the thing that SSR readers have waited for for years - a *funny book* - has finally arrived. Not up to the real class of the series up to "...gets Drafted", this is still a sparkling job compared to the more recent rat books and the Bill the Galatic Hero moneyspinner , which just should have been taken outside and shot.
The plot, as usual for rat book is pretty irrelevant. A bad guy without a conscience is doing something bad, and a bad guy with a conscience (Jim) is going to stop him, with the aid of ridiculous technology, unflagging good humour, astonishing athletic prowess, and a limitless supply of booze.
Need I say more?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slippery Jim is back and up to his old tricks 3 Jan 2002
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In The Stainless Steel Rat Joins the Circus, we see slippery Jim DeGriz and his gorgeous wife, the murderous Angelina, up to their necks in intrigue and danger.
Whilst all Rat fans will love the chance to read another of his adventures this (final?) book in the series doesn't quite match up to others such as Revenge. It does, however, have much excitement, puns and fun.
It's one for the rat fans who want one more trip with the master thief.
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4.0 out of 5 stars At last, the rat is back on form. 30 Sep 2000
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The self-styled richest man in the universe hires Slippery Jim to investigate a series of bank robberies at institutions said rich man owns. The Rat discovers that the only thing in common between all of the robberies was that a circus was in town at the same time, always featuring Puissanto - the strongest man in the universe. So Jim signs on with the circus along side Puissanto as a magic act, and ends up on the corrupt planet of Fetorr. Absurd adventures ensue.
I don't know about you, but I read the Rat for the humor, of which there is enough in this book to make it worth reading. However, I thought it contained a bit too much straight ahead action-adventure and was a bit too long for a Rat book. But this one is still light years ahead of Goes to Hell and Sings the Blues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read by a fan 25 April 2014
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This book is loved and reread by a fan. This book was rare and a blessing to find it. It was about Christmas time that I bought this book and it came before the big day. It was the best escapism my friend had as the family was going through a loss. I just wish the author wrote more books like this.
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